Passports stolen from Finnish tourists have also been used for illegal travel, according to Kim Kuivalainen, Deputy Head of Passport and Visa Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Illegal travel on stolen passports was in the news over the weekend when it came out that two passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing were using passports stolen from Austrian and Italian men.
Both passports had been stolen when the men were travelling in Thailand.
Kuivalainen considers it likely that the passports were the old-fashioned type in which photos are not tamper-proof. Like all European travel documents, new Italian and Austrian passports are difficult to forge as they have all state-of-the-art security features.
Source: Helsinki Time